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Cpi SM250 initial test ride impressions
Short trial 5km through traffic city riding and clear side street in the rain.
Great, low-rev torque, the power comes right on through delivering immediately leaving nothing at higher revs.
EDIT Max power is at 8000RPM and revs safely up to 10 000 RPM, so far 6th gear 7800 RPM 150KPH indicated.
Not tested, but all indications from the torque are that it will be untroubled by steep hills
Excellent, even high gear roll-ons at low speed produce instant power, making quick overtaking maneuvers a breeze.
In the rain with new tires I was trying to feel the balance of the bike during a rear wheel slide, it was quite difficult to cause a slide, this was difficult to do because the brakes operate very efficiently, gripping subtly and gradually. When I made it slide it felt perfectly poised. I did not try a Stoppie/Endo as the road was wet and busy and I was not keen to risk an accident however I spent most of my time using the front brakes and felt no risk of loss of control, they were sharp and crisp.
Low speed balance:
Very good, the bike is well balanced and the riding position makes control very easy. Nice and narrow to fit through traffic.
Low speed turn (balance):
Very good, easy to handle through its lightweight and upright riding position
High speed turn (stability):
Excellent, when you get on the bike you will notice the suspension compresses easily both front and rear which gave me cause for concern however while riding I could feel the road beneath me which gave me a feeling of confidence while at the same time the bumps and holes in the road caused no discomfort, which is very important for me as I suffer from back injuries sustained over many years of racing and riding.
I didn’t ride very far so report of the long distance comfort is not possible, I will say however that I started riding motocross from age 6 and so have always felt comfortable on the narrow seats and this seat is no exception, I hardly noticed the seat at all as I felt quite comfortable, others who are more used to wide saddles may feel different.
Comfort riding position:
The riding position is upright and as such some people may feel discomfort over longer distances from spine compression, however as stated before the suspension is very forgiving so that will be a mitigating factor. Since I did not ride very far it’s not easy to say what the effect will be over long distances but I am willing to purchase this bike on my initial impression that it will not cause me pain.
Very spacious and comfortable, I am nearly 6ft, and am not comfortable on small bikes, full steering lock on scooters bruises my knees and the smallest bike I feel moderately ok on is a 400cc superports. This bike while smaller and less intimidating than the DRZ400 is still large enough to be comfortable. The ride height gives great visibility.
Convenient and well positioned with easy access while riding.
None at all
EDIT Horrific, the only position that allows rear visibility also has the mirror touching your hand
Excellent. low and bright beams really really good
Great noisy thumper, not super loud but loud enough that scooters and cars knew I was there and moved out of my way, a great safety factor.
In this area the bike could use improvement, a (EDIT) digital job with bar and number tacho, speed and total distance readout with Lap timer and other features unknown to me because the user manual is still not available all accessed by a button near the right thumb, lights along the edges for the standard information include oil, neutral, lights, high beam etc, nothing fancy. Backlit in Blue when the lights are on is a nice touch.
Easy to pull clutch releasing immediately from initial position at the grip which made it difficult to handle the clutch two-fingered, but this can be remedied with an adjustment or even better get a two-finger clutch handle. Gave it some power and slipped the clutch with great response looking for a wheelie but the wet road surface only resulted in a rear tire slide which was well balanced.
Small motions get the gears selected with the solid click of a new gearbox giving you the feeling of a quality gearbox, when looking for first gear on most bikes you will feel that the you cannot select a further lower gear because the gear pedal will not depress again and so you know you have reached first however on this bike however when you reach first gear the pedal will still depress to the same degree as if you were in any other higher gear so you get an ambiguous sensation and cannot be sure that you have reached 1st.
No kickstarter only electric starter, so if your battery dies be ready to push start it.
I really like this bike its handling and power are competent of a 4-stroke 250 (however, I believe I could be wrong), not in the same league as the Japanese Supermotos, but its also not in the same price range as those bikes and so cannot be directly compared), it is in a civil state of tune but I believe it wouldn’t take much to turn it more lunatic and spend a bit more cash on mods and it could possibly match the big Japanese brands.
Basically for a white plate Taiwan built (so easy to maintain and get parts) at 98k all in it’s a great city commuter as well as short distance touring bike that can have fun at the track using low revs so limiting engine abuse and I believe with a quick swap of wheels you can have a great time off-road or on the beach.
The dealer said he anticipates very high demand as the bike has received recognition by being raced successfully as well as getting glamour appeal since a local star rides one. If he is correct then trying to get a discount for a group buy may be difficult and in fact supply may be an issue, but that is all speculative talk from a dealer, we will see what the reality will be in Taiwan. I will say that, in my opinion, in the west this bike would fly out the dealer lots.
$NT98 000 cash including licensing and insurance.
$NT103 000 financed over 6 to 12 months